Paul Clifton, GM and Director of Winemaking with Hahn Family Wines visited San Francisco last week to introduce an array of rich supple pinots produced from hillside vineyards of Santa Lucia Highlands, cultivated by the Hahn family since 1980.Grown in the Arroyo Seco appellation, known for its rocky soils and cool Monterey Bay winds, the grapes for Hahn 2014 Pinot Noir Monterey County underwent gradual ripening, and developed intense vibrant flavor, balanced ripeness and acidity. The bouquet is of red cherry, ripe strawberry, cola and spice. On the palate – plums and black cherry. Supple tannins and a dash of acidity assure clean balanced finish.
Hahn SLH 2014 Chardonnay comes from vineyards exposed to a long and dry growing season resulting in complex concentrated flavors. The warmer than usual night temperatures led to lower acidity and earlier ripening. Fermented entirely in small French oak barrels, the wine was hand-stirred every three weeks for nine months. It’s rich and layered, with notes of orange, honeysuckle, caramel, and vanilla, and hints of minerality.
Hahn SLH 2014 Pinot Noir was fermented in open top stainless steel tanks and aged for up to 10 months in small French oak barrels. Aromas of dark cherry and strawberry with notes of cedar, mocha, and leather. Rich red fruit flavors on the palate, with lengthy finish.
Lucienne 2013 Pinot Noir Doctor’s Vineyard. The vineyard is planted near the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands, on a gently sloping hillside with gusting afternoon winds and afternoon sun exposure resulting in robust flavors of this 100% pinot noir.
Lucienne 2013 Pinot Noir Lone Oak Vineyard from the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands with the strongest maritime influence and the coolest growing season. Aromas of dried mushrooms, ripe cherry and raspberry with hints of wild game and spice.
Lucienne 2013 Pinot Noir Smith Vineyard. The Smith vineyard sits at the highest elevation of Hahn’s vineyards, its vines planted along the contours of ridges and valleys of the mountains. Ample sunshine and deep alluvial soils contribute to this Pinot Noir’s rich dark fruit flavors, vibrant acidity and elegant, silky texture.
Images: courtesy Hahn Family Wines